Moody Fall Tablescape

Are you competitive?

I wouldn’t call myself competitive, but I do love a good challenge. When I was asked to participate in the Silicon Valley NACE Design Challenge (where the judges would be my creative industry peers), I knew two things: I had to say yes, and I had to design something these seasoned pros didn’t see every day. The antithesis of blush, ivory and gold; a moody fall tablescape.

Inspired by the time of year – we were deep in the Autumn – and a recent trend I’d been seeing and loving – anchoring designs in black; I knew the table had to be a modern twist on a Fall Harvest Dinner of the Gods with a modern-Victorian-goth twist.

To my luck, La Tavola had a luscious laser-cut leather linen in black. I paired that over a deep eggplant satin. I topped the linens with Standard Party Rentals’ Parma Stoneware plates in Smoke with gold trim. Their Lucca black and gold flatware, pulled in the leather linens. While the Cosmopolitan deep black glassware contrasted nicely with Elegance glassware, which pulled in an old-world Victorian element. The stoneware plates were stacked asymmetrically atop one another to represent lunar phases preceding the harvest moon. The flatware was placed upon the plates in a pattern to represent the compass rose.

Srujana of Menakshee Designs provided hand calligraphed acrylic place cards for the dinner guests. I invited harvest gods from all walks of mythology. To name a few: Artemis: God of the Hunt, Persephone: Goddess of Agriculture, Bacchus: God of Wine, and Brighid: Goddess of Hearth & Home. Incorporated into the place cards were Pagan symbols of the harvest: Goddess, God, blessing, protection, Earth, Fall, fertility and spirituality.

Ingela Floral designed a cornucopia of deep red roses, thistly, greenery and an abundance of autumnal fruits in deep, rich hues: cherries, red grapes, blood oranges, pomegranates, pears with ripened hues of yellows and deep reds.

I was delighted with how this table turned out and so were the judges. Together with this team of amazing vendors we took first place!

Photography by Brian MacStay Photography.

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